Are Class Actions the way to go?
Class action lawsuits present an opportunity for many individuals to join forces in taking on typically bigger and more powerful entities. This tool is being increasingly used in the environmental context to protect individual and collective rights to a clean and healthy environment. This webinar will focus on these developments in the legal world and what promise Class actions might hold for furthering environmental justice.
Prof. Jasminka Kalajdzic is an associate professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She served two terms as a member of the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Class Proceedings Committee and is the Canadian representative in an International Research Collaborative on Collective Litigation. She is the founder and clinic director of the Class Action Clinic, the first clinic in the world to focus on the needs and interests of class members.
Catherine Gauthier is the executive director of ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), a Quebec environmental organization focused on educating and equipping Quebec’s youth to take action on environmental issues. In 2018, Catherine and ENJEU launched a class action lawsuit against the federal government of Canada for its inaction regarding the climate change crisis; this action is presently moving through the courts.